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  1. #46

    Day 4 Prelims

    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    News about Abbey's post-200 Free collapse last night was alarming. Didn't swim on the 400 Medley Relay last night and scratched the 100 Free today. Concerned it's serious...
    "Another Olympian, Abbey Weitzeil, did not compete in the prelims of the 100 free, in which she was the top seed, after a scary moment after her 200 free final Friday night where she was laying on the pool deck for several minutes. Weitzeil’s lane four block in heat eight was empty, and Swimming World is working to learn more about her health and her status going forward."

    "I don’t think she was just tired or sick, I was there sitting on the Stanford and UCLA side and saw a clear view. She passed out right when she got out of the pool (which was weirdly fast) and was out for a solid 30 seconds. It wasn’t just the lactic acid because they weren’t explaining what was wrong. Something is up."

    Yup, very concerned about Abbey esp with the lack of any official communications as to how she's doing. Hope that Weitzeil's alright and it's nothing too serious as all our thoughts go out to her...

    Twitter updates for this morning's prelims:

    @KathleenBaker2 is the top qualifier in the 200 back (1:50.11) & she'll be joined in the A final by @amybilquist and Keaton Blovad.

    @FaridaOsman (48.01) and @kvredeveld1 (48.49) into the A final of the 100 free with @hullval and Maddie Murphy in the B final.

    In the 200 breast, @MarinaG94 makes A final (2:09.91) & @maija8roses leads B finalists with PR 2:11.75 (#7 all-time at Cal).

    @KatieMcLaugh1in goes a PR 1:53.80 in the 200 fly (#7 at Cal) and qualifies for A final along with @noemie_thomas (1:54.35).


    Kathleen Baker, Simone Manuel Among Day 4 Top Seeds at Women’s Pac-12 Championships



    Stanford is set to run away with the Pac-12 championship title tonight, putting 9 into tonight’s championship final heats. USC should make up some ground on Cal for the runner-up position, but the Bears are in good position to take 2nd place.


    Stanford (1126) | 9 | 4 | 1 | 14
    Cal (953) | 8 | 6 | 1 | 15
    USC (762) | 8 | 4 | 4 | 16
    Arizona (744) | 0 | 8 | 5 | 13
    UCLA (640) | 4 | 4 | 5 | 13
    Arizona State (491) | 1 | 4 | 2 | 7
    Utah (309) | 2 | 1 | 8 | 11
    Washington State (235) | 0 | 1 | 6 | 7
    Oregon State (184) | 0 | 0 | 2 | 2

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-25-2017 at 12:11 PM. Reason: SwimSwam on Abbey

  2. #47

    Abbey's status

    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbear View Post
    I am not sure and I hope she is OK. At this point, physical and mental rest and recovery are probably more important than a few more data points in races today.

    Would rather Abbey gets to recover and not have to race tonight's session even if she's feeling better now, rather than being pushed into competition just to garner a few relatively meaningless points in spite of what happened last night...would not sound characteristic of Teri or the Cal coaching staff to do the latter anyway, as the physical & mental well-being of their charges rightfully takes priority above all else.


    Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil will not compete in any events Saturday, including relays, at the women’s Pac-12 championships in Federal Way, Wash. Cal spokesman Herb Benenson confirmed the news to Swimming World in an email Saturday afternoon.

    “Abbey is not feeling well and will not compete today to allow her to rest and recover in order to be ready to swim at the NCAA Championships in three weeks.”

    At any rate, I believe the furdettes already have the meet essentially sewn up after all the qualifiers they have put into tonight's finals session, even if their 400 free relay DQs...

    Quote Originally Posted by beaverbear View Post
    I watched the (choppy) live stream last night, and the announcers did not mention this episode at all. They spent too much time gushing about Stanford and barely noticed that other teams were in the competition (same complaint about the P12N broadcast of the dual meet a couple of weeks ago).
    At least you got to watch something lol (had to rely on tweets at my end, very frustrating!!!)

    I do get how the announcers (and the swimming media in general) are completely buying into the furdette bandwagon and hyping the heck out of Ledecky & co., which is perfectly understandable cos of all the fantastic things the Card have achieved thus far this season, with the exciting promise of even more records to come once NCAAs are contested in a fully rested/tapered state! But would be fairer to all the other teams (not just our Bears), who have worked their hearts out in getting to this point and who have all generally been swimming lights out at this year's Pac-12s putting down all sorts of personal bests, if a nod of recognition or mention is also accorded the rest of the competition at the very least!

    Even tho I wasn't able to watch the Pac-12s broadcast or live stream (so my comparison here may be quite invalid lol), reminds me a bit of my frustrations with the NBC Olympics & Worlds swimming commentary where the tendency was to rave about how great Team USA is (partly true haha) and the talk mostly confined to the American athletes, whilst basically ignoring the rest of the competition who were often serious medal contenders...
    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-25-2017 at 01:40 PM. Reason: Abbey photo

  3. #48

    Platform Diving - prelims

    Phoebe into tonight's Platform Diving finals!!! Will secure a minimum of 22 points for the Bears if she ends up last in finals, but hopefully more!!

    Hayden helped the team with her tied 14th prelims placing (13 pts?).

    Alexa also contributed to our overall scoring with her 20th place (5 pts), and Rachel @ 24th (1 pt).

    btw, furdettes not able to qualify a diver for platform finals tonight...

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-25-2017 at 02:03 PM. Reason: dive team group photo

  4. #49
    Would have been nice to improve Abbey's 100 seed, but health and rest are more important. Before Marina's breakout swim, thought a Sunday 100 Breast time trial for Abbey might be helpful. Even without Abbey on the free or breast leg, still had the second fastest time 400 Medley time in the country.

    Still not clear if Hull's in yet, so could have her lead off the 400 Free Relay tonight. Would be better if she got in via finals, but should give her multiple shots (finals, relay, time trial).

    Might also want to get McL a 100 Fly time trial to improve her seed as a contingency.

    Props to both Marina & Maija on their swims. Jump starts Maija's senior season.

  5. #50

    Day 4 Finals

    Going out but hope to be back here for the recap.

    Meanwhile, here's a quick Twitter update:

    Chenoa Devine pops a 16:08.16 in the 1650 free - a more than 30-second improvement from her last mile swim in December.
    That 16:08.16 by Chenoa in the 1650 free moves her all the way up to No. 3 in Cal history in the event!

  6. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Going out but hope to be back here for the recap.

    Meanwhile, here's a quick Twitter update:

    Chenoa Devine pops a 16:08.16 in the 1650 free - a more than 30-second improvement from her last mile swim in December.
    That 16:08.16 by Chenoa in the 1650 free moves her all the way up to No. 3 in Cal history in the event!

    Wow! So impressed with Chenoa in this meet.

  7. #52
    Go Kathleen!! Champion en route to breaking Pelton's record in the 200 backstroke.

  8. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by HBear View Post
    Go Kathleen!! Champion en route to breaking Pelton's record in the 200 backstroke.
    Finally, an individual title . . . nice job, Kathleen!

  9. #54

    Day 4 Finals - Recap


    Back with the official recap as promised

    Need to catch up on all the results, but once again, well done to the whole team who gave their best to the very end!!!

    btw a quick glance at the stats for the final event, 400 free relay, makes me wonder if we could have held our own with the furdettes there if Abbey had been healthy & available.

    Thleen (47.55) split about the same as Hu (47.49)... Farida (47.09) giving half a sec to Neal (46.45) on the anchor ... but Amy (47.13) was a blazin' sec swifter than Ledecky (48.10) ... and a really great chance Abbey could have led off at least a sec & a half quicker than KV's solid 48.38. Wouldn't have been an American record cos of Farida, but could have been an NCAA record...

    Could have, would have...all pure speculation of course Guess we'll have a chance to test that theory next month, with Abbey hopefully back and Amy & co. a bit more rested!

    btw our B squad's 3:15.43 (Katie, Maddie, Val, Keaton) would have beaten 4th place UCLA's 3:15.89 (an impressive 47.12 from senior Linnea Mack who has had an outstanding Pac-12s) and Zona's 3:16.17!!

    Great job all around, now onto the big dance (well perhaps a few time trials tomorrow to try to improve qualifying chances & seeding). Swim on your Bears!



    2/25/2017 9:0 PM | By: Cal Athletics

    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Cal's tradition in the backstroke includes a host of champions at virtually all levels of swimming, including NCAA's and the Olympics. Sophomore Kathleen Baker made sure she kept it going at the Pac-12 Championships Saturday.

    On the final night of the meet, Baker captured the 200-yard backstroke in 1:48.33, setting a meet record with the fastest time in the country this season. The result gave the Golden Bears the 200 back crown for the fifth year in a row, following Elizabeth Pelton (2013, '14), Missy Franklin (2015) and Amy Bilquist (2016).

    In typical Baker fashion, she broke to the lead from the start and held on for a more than one second advantage over runner-up Janet Hu of Stanford, who finished in 1:49.36.

    "That's sort of my strategy for every race I do," Baker, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the 100-meter back, told the Pac-12 Network immediate after her race. "I was just hoping I had enough to bring it home the last 75 (yards)."

    As a team, second-ranked Cal earned second place with 1,392 points behind Stanford, which had 1,587.5 points. USC was third with 1,250.5 points and Arizona fourth with 1075.5 points.

    In addition to Baker, the Bears had two others in the 200 back final. Bilquist placed fourth in 1:51.22 and freshman Keaton Blovad took eighth in 1:54.03.

    In the 100 freestyle, senior Farida Osman posted a season-best time in finishing third in 47.36, with senior Kristen Vredeveld setting a personal best with a time of 48.14 while taking seventh. Freshman Maddie Murphy won the B final in a PR 48.72.

    Senior Marina Garcia raced a lifetime best in the 200 breaststroke and claimed fourth place in 2:08.42, with junior Maija Roses 10th in 2:11.83.

    Bears finished 3-4 in the 200 butterfly. Sophomore Katie McLaughlin was third in a PR 1:53.29 – making her the No. 5 swimmer in school history in the event – and junior Noemie Thomas was fourth in 1:54.50.

    In the 1650 free, freshman Chenoa Devine improved more than 30 seconds from her last attempt at the mile, touching in 16:08.16, which put her in fifth place and No. 3 all-time on the Cal list.

    Sophomore Phoebe LaMay reached the final in platform diving, placing sixth with a PR score of 241.60.

    In the final event of the meet, the foursome of Kristen Vredeveld, Amy Bilquist, Kathleen Baker and Farida Osman took third in 3:10.15 – the No. 3 time in Cal history. Freshman Abbey Weitzeil, who would have swam in the 100 free and likely would have been part of the relay, was not feeling well and decided to rest so that she can recover in order to compete at the upcoming NCAA Championships, which will be held March 15-18 in Indianapolis.




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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 02-28-2017 at 11:54 AM. Reason: dailycal

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    Congrats to the Bears..they left it all out there but the furds were just to strong! Now I'm looking forward to the Cal Men kick some furd A**!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalyBear View Post
    Any word on Abbey?
    Abbey has been fairly active on social media today, so hopefully that's a good sign that it wasn't anything serious, and that she's now resting up (as much as one can do when having to catch up on all the school work missed from last week's outing up in Seattle lol), and enjoying her taper process on the road to her NCAA debut...

    btw some solid discussion in the aftermath of the furdette domination @ Pac-12s going on here @ tedbear's thread:

    Final Swim Event Rankings: Pre NCAA Championships

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    Divers Headed to NCAA's zone diving championships


    Three Golden Bear divers will take their shots at qualifying for the NCAA Championships when they head to Flagstaff, Arizona, for the Zone E Championships March 6-8. Senior Hayden Tavoda, sophomore Phoebe LaMay and freshman Connor Callahan will compete in all three events – 1-meter, 3-meter and platform.

    Best of luck to the divers!
    For live coverage :

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